clyfford still

opens Friday, Feb 7, 6-8p:

Re-View: Onnasch Collection
 curated by Paul Schimmel

Hauser & Wirth Gallery, 511 W18th St., NYC

a selection of works tracing the history of new york’s art scene from 1950-1970, presented through a succession of ten rooms, the exhibition focuses on the period between 1950 and 1970, decades when New York’s cultural influence was unrivaled and some of the most important artistic movements of the 20th century were born. On view will be iconic examples of Pop Art, Fluxus, Color Field, Assemblage, Minimalism, and Abstract Expressionism.

pictured: Jim Dine, Hair, 1961

283. Clyfford Still. Painting, 1944. Dated by the artist 1944. Oil on canvas.         8′ 1/4″ x 7′ 3/4″ The Sidney and Harriet Janis Collections 

284. Clyfford Still. Painting. 1951. Oil on canvas. 7′10″ x 6′10″ Blanchette Rockefeller Fund. 

“Of all the major Abstract Expressionist painters, Still was the one least directly influenced by Cubist face. Like many of Still’s other mature works, this picture has a roughly applied, almost tar like counterparts in Dubuffet’s Mirobolus, concession to received ideas of pictorial beauty. A jagged red line cuts across this black expanse from the upper left of they mage and slams downward into the bottom framing edge like a lightning bold, itself deflected by the two jagged, yellow-white forms that crash through it at the top center of the image” (196).